IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE OF CLASS LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT
Re: EEOC v. Texas Roadhouse, Inc., Texas Roadhouse Holdings LLC and Texas Roadhouse Management Corp. d/b/a Texas Roadhouse, Case No. 1:11-cv-11732-DJC
On April 9, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts gave final approval to the settlement of an age discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) against Texas Roadhouse, Inc., Texas Roadhouse Holdings LLC, and Texas Roadhouse Management Corp. (“Texas Roadhouse”). In that lawsuit, EEOC alleged that Texas Roadhouse violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) by refusing to hire applicants 40 years of age and older for front-of-house positions at its restaurants nationwide because of their age. EEOC is the agency of the United States Government responsible for enforcing the ADEA. Texas Roadhouse denied these allegations and disputed the claims that EEOC brought. No court or jury had resolved this dispute. Rather, the parties agreed to a settlement.
The settlement, called a “Consent Decree,” provided for a total of $12 million dollars in monetary payments to a class of eligible job applicants who applied for front-of-house positions at company-owned Texas Roadhouse restaurants and were denied employment. Only applicants who were 40 or older at the time of their application for front-of-house positions and applied at some point during the Claims Period from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2014, were eligible to receive a monetary award under the Consent Decree.
The Claims Process is now complete. No further claims will be accepted. The Court’s Final Approval of the Consent Decree now allows the final distribution of funds to the 3,552 claimants who were deemed eligible through the Claims Process to receive a payment from the Class Fund.
A notice to each of these 3,552 claimants should be mailed on or about April 15, 2019. The notice will say the following:
You are receiving this notice because you were found eligible to receive a payment from the settlement fund created by the Consent Decree in the above-referenced case.
Included with this Notice is a Release that you must complete, sign, and return in the enclosed envelope if you want to receive the payment stated in the release. Completing, signing, and returning this release is required by Paragraph 55 of the Consent Decree, which states: “All Claimants who receive monetary relief pursuant [to] this Decree shall be required, as a condition of receipt, to execute a release of claims waiving their right to recover or pursue legal action against Defendants [Texas Roadhouse] arising under the [Age Discrimination in Employment Act].”
If you do not complete, sign, and return the Release, you will receive nothing.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
- Do I have the right to challenge the amount? Answer: No.
- What happens if I don’t sign? Answer: You will receive nothing.
- Is the money taxable? Answer: Yes. It will be treated as wages, and appropriate withholdings will be made. Texas Roadhouse will pay its share of employer-side taxes as well.
- In plain English, what am I giving up by signing the Release? Answer: It means you are giving up the right to sue Texas Roadhouse for any age discrimination under federal law you might have experienced by not being hired by Texas Roadhouse for a front of the house position between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2014.
- How long will it take the check to arrive after I return the Release? Answer: Because checks will go out in monthly batches, your check may be mailed as soon as two weeks or as late as 45 days from receipt of your Release. The sooner you return the completed and signed Release, the sooner your check could be mailed.
If you have any other questions, you may contact the Claims Administrator by email at
info@EEOCADEASettlement.com or by phone at 1-866-353-8757.
Senior Trial Attorney
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission